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Brown University’s Engineering Research Center increases the university’s School of Engineering lab space by 30%

KieranTimberlake designed the facility and Shawmut Design and Construction was the general contractor.

July 05, 2018 |
Teaching Lab in Brown University's ERC

Photo: Warren Jagger Photography

The recently completed Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Brown University provides the school with 80,000 sf of space across three-floors. The building houses specialized research facilities for nanomaterials, photonics, and environmental science to help expand research in renewable energy and advanced materials.

Among the new $88-million facility’s spaces are an 8,000-sf cleanroom for nanomaterials, microelectronics, and photonics, an imaging suite, a bioimaging suite, 22 open-plan research labs, 116 dedicated workstations for graduate students, 20 lab modules, 10 conference/meeting spaces, and a café.


Exterior of Brown University's ERCPhoto: Warren Jagger Photography.


Also included are the Hazeltine Commons on the building’s first floor and Giancarlo Plaza, a green space outside the building’s front doors. These two spaces are designed to create an “intellectual community” for faculty and students from across the campus.

The ERC is is tracking LEED Gold Certification with an energy and performance goal of 25% better than minimum efficiency and performance criteria established in the Rhode Island-adopted International Energy Conservation Code. Among the building’s sustainable features are 60 glass reinforced concrete vertical fins to manage solar gain, four water-filling stations, and a façade made from 40% glass to capture natural daylight and lower energy costs.


The ERC's west entryPhoto: Warren Jagger Photography.


Shawmut Design and Construction used Integrated Project Delivery and Lean Construction delivery methods to finish the building months ahead of schedule. This is the first time a Brown University building was completed using these methods.


See Also: Virginia Commonwealth has at least three major expansion projects under construction


The ERC commonsPhoto: Warren Jagger Photography.


"Colorwall" located in ERC at Brown UniversityPhoto: Warren Jagger Photography.

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